Jewell to bring in his former right hand man

CHRIS Hutchings is set to join Ipswich Town as manager Paul Jewell’s right hand man early next week.

New coach Sean McCarthy will on the bench beside Jewel for this afternoon’s Championship fixture against Millwall at the Den (kick-off 3pm).

“Chris is a terrific coach,” said Jewell. “We enjoyed success together at Bradford City and Wigan and I would like things nailed down by Tuesday if I can.

“I’ve a couple of people to speak to first. Sean was the greediest striker I ever played and he has a good knowledge of the game and great enthusiasm and he’s loved every second since he arrived here.”

Reserve team coach Chris Kiwomya will be beside Jewell and McCarthy today while the futures of fitness coaches Antonio Gomez and Simon Thadani and goalkeeping coach James Hollman have yet to be decided.

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Grant Leadbitter sits out the third game of a three match ban while Alan Quinn, Shane O’Connor, Brian Murphy, Jake Livermore and Troy Brown are all injured.

Jason Scotland trained normally yesterday after recovering from a calf problem and fellow striker Rory Fallon is available after being cup-tied for the last two games.

“Wednesday against Arsenal was such a strength-sapping game that the fatigue factor might come into my selection,” said Jewell.

“But when you are winning you don’t feel tired and hopefully the players will want to impress a new manager.”

Jewell confirmed that Darren O’Dea will stay on loan from Celtic until May and he will look at Rory Fallon and Jake Livermore’s situations next week.

“I think Darren’s is done to the end of the season, I think that was agreed before I got here and I’m quite happy with that.

“Rory’s loan is up next weekend. I’ll speak to Rory and I spoke to Peter Reid yesterday and we’ll make that decision next week.”

Jewell confirmed that he may bring back Lee Martin and Kevin Lisbie from their loans with Pablo Counago’s deal with Crystal Palace not believed to have a 24-hour recall.

“We’ll keep tabs on the loanees at the weekend and I’ll speak to one or two people and see what to do.”

Town have sold their entire allocation of 9,000 tickets for the second leg of the Carling Cup semi-final at Arsenal on Tuesday January 25.

The final 1,100 seats at the Emirates were quickly snapped yesterday morning.

Ticket office manager John Ford said: “Our allocation is 8,944 tickets. They have all gone and there are supporters going on corporate packages with the club as well, so there will be over 9,000 Town fans at the Emirates.”

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